U of M releases plan to tighten oversight on human subject research

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Maura Lerner at the Star Tribune reports on the University of Minnesota releasing what it calls a “final work plan” [PDF] to tighten oversight on research involving human subjects: “‘This plan is a testament to our commitment to move forward and learn,’ said President Eric Kaler in a written statement Tuesday. ‘Our faculty are on the front lines of the battle against cancer, diabetes, neurological conditions, and other illness and disease and these improvements can give everyone confidence that we are doing that work ethically, humanely and appropriately.'”

WCCO-TV is covering the Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en la Lucha union janitorial workers’ strike that began Tuesday morning: “According to CTUL, the workers are calling for higher wages, better benefits and better working conditions. The picket line was comprised of janitors from over 50 stores in the Twin Cities, including Macy’s, Sears, Home Depot, Lund & Byerlys and Herberger’s.”

Getting you coming and going: Bob Collins at MPR News reports Delta Airline is refusing to allow Trip Advisor any access to its fare information: “A Yale School of Management report, prepared for the trade group Travel Technology Association, says travelers will pay $6 billion more if the airline assault on travel sites succeeds. ‘Restrictions by airlines of broad access to airline information — prices and schedules — substantially reduce consumer welfare. This study estimates the potential reduction in net consumer welfare of limiting airline price and schedule information to only airline websites could exceed $6 billion per year.'”

Brandon Stahl at the Star Tribune has the harrowing tale of an American Indian couple suing the Minnesota Department of Human Services, the Minnesota Attorney General and a commissioner with the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe to allow them to give their the baby to a white couple: “The couple wants the court to throw out the state’s requirement to inform a tribe of an adoption. ‘Indian parents are the only parents in the state that have that duty to notify,’ said one the couple’s attorneys, Mark Fiddler. ‘In an adoption, all of that information is private and confidential. If you’re Indian, that has to be surrendered to the tribe.’

Rep. Keith Ellison has written an opinion piece in The Guardian about the link between police tactics and economic conditions in parts of the United States, and puts the blame on Republicans: “… the biggest lie in American politics is that we fought a war on poverty and poverty won. In truth, Republicans elected around the country in the 1980s starved programs to end poverty. Instead they made choices to keep ‘law and order’ in ways that exacerbated the problems facing low-income communities. Conservative leaders today continue to pass budgets that won’t even support the status quo, much less move the needle on providing housing and jobs.”

In other news…

Hibbing native Vincent Bugliosi, who prosecuted cult leader Charles Manson, dead at 80. [Duluth News Tribune]

Glen Taylor turns Taylor Corp. CEO role over to niece Deb Taylor; remains as chair. [Star Tribune]

Matt and Ted Lee on where to eat in Minneapolis [Saveur]

Kayaking through St. Anthony Falls lock and dam for the last time. [Star Tribune]

The median sale price for a St. Paul home is up for the 5th month in a row. [St. Paul Real Estate Blog]

James Norton‘s five observations from aboard a pedal pub. [Heavy Table]

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